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This project aims to quantify how energy requirements and usage scale within and across individuals, from populations to ecosystems. The first goal is to characterise the mass and temperature dependence of marine ectotherms’ metabolism (Barneche et al. 2014; Barneche et al. 2017; Barneche & Allen 2018). The second goal is to combine mathematical theory with Bayesian statistics to scale energy from individuals to higher levels of biological organisation in order to test predictions on how body mass, temperature and traits constrain nutrient recycling (Barneche & Allen 2015), population density (Barneche et al. 2016), community biomass production and energy flux (Barneche et al. 2014, and the shape of trophic pyramids (Barneche et al. 2018a). The third goal of this project is to describe how assimilated energy gets allocated over ontogeny to growth (Barneche et al. 2018a) and reproduction (Barneche et al. 2018b). The ultimate goal of this project is to use theory-driven fundamental science to better inform decision-making processes and ecosystem management in an ever-changing world.


(2019). Underestimating the benefits of marine protected areas for the replenishment of fished populations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17: 407–413. doi: 10.1002/fee.2075.

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(2019). Is oxygen limitation in warming waters a valid mechanism to explain decreased body sizes in aquatic ectotherms?. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28: 64–77. doi: 10.1111/geb.12847.

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(2018). Global environmental drivers of marine fish egg size. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27: 890–898. doi: 10.1111/geb.12748.

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(2018). The Fish That Should Have Got Away. Australasian Science, 39: 26–28.

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(2016). Energetic and ecological constraints on population density of reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283: 20152186. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2186.

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(2014). Scaling metabolism from individuals to reef-fish communities at broad spatial scales. Ecology Letters, 17: 1067–1076. doi: 10.1111/ele.12309.

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